Making Aerial Platforms Easy

Microdones GmbH is based in Siegen, Germany. The manufacturer is focused on designing, engineering and developing unmanned rotary wing VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) MAVs (Micro Aerial Vehicles) below 25kg mainly based on the principle of quadrocopters. The company’s unmanned platforms are used in aerial work such as aerial mapping, aerial inspection or aerial search & rescue jobs all over the globe. The privately owned company was founded in late 2005 by Udo Juerss, who had previously worked for large German automotive companies as an external developer, especially in the development of electronic control units in hardware and software.... (read more)
2012-12-18 02:05:09

First UAV Flight from Unmanned Boat

The newest aircraft carrier does not have acres of flight deck. In fact, it has no deck at all. Rather than carrying a crew of thousands, it sails without a soul on board. Yet the aircraft that it operates can fly much longer and further than anything based on a fleet leviathan. That aircraft is Aerovel’s 20kg Flexrotor, which combines VTOL and a small footprint with a Hawaii-to-West Coast range. The carrier is a 4-metre skiff equipped to launch, retrieve and service the Flexrotor automatically. In what are believed to be the first-ever flight cycles of an unmanned aircraft based... (read more)
2013-10-25 10:19:45

UAS for Mapping

A Product Survey on Systems and Features
In recent years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have attracted tremendous attention from surveyors and other geodata collectors all around the world. Nowadays, UAS equipped with GNSS, IMU and RGB, NIR or TIR cameras and possibly Lidar have evolved into high-potential surveying devices which have now definitely passed the stage of ‘toys for boys’. This article focuses on UAS for mapping and 3D modelling and provides a detailed survey in tabular format on the features of the prevailing systems, both fixed wings and multicopters, available on the market today An unmanned aerial system (UAS) is an aircraft which flies without a... (read more)
2017-07-26 03:17:00

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

Fit-for-purpose Mapping
In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) entitled 'Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration' noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights and, therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of small, affordable unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology and recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques offer a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data that can benefit land administration... (read more)
2014-11-03 10:50:18

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and FIG noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of smaller and more affordable UAS technology, combined with recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques, offers a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data. In turn, this can benefit land administration agencies and help to secure property rights for... (read more)
2014-11-10 08:00:00

Hybrid UAS/UAV: Fixed Wing and Chopper in One Aircraft

A hybrid UAS/UAV combines the best of two worlds: the benefits of a fixed wing and chopper in one aircraft. Unmanned airborne systems (UASs) – aircraft which fly without human pilots on board – have soared in popularity as surveying devices. Today they are applied in a wide variety of 2D and 3D mapping, inspection and monitoring tasks. So far there have been two broad categories: fixed wings and multicopters. However, recent advances have led to a third category: the hybrid UAS/UAV, which combines the best of both worlds. Sensors and battery After flight, the recorded GNSS and IMU data is usually used to georeference the sensor data. The sensors on board include RGB cameras, near-infrared (NIR) cameras, thermal infrared (TIR)... (read more)
2015-11-24 10:48:34

Bringing a New Level of Intelligence to UAVs

GIM International Interviews Jan Stumpf, CEO, Ascending Technologies
Although new UAV companies are taking off all the time, Ascending Technologies has been part of the geomatics world for several years and has already become a familiar face in the industry. In 2009 its renowned AscTec Falcon 8 went into serial production, setting a new standard for professional aerial imaging in the areas of aerial photography, industrial inspections and of course surveying. At GIM International we considered our 3rd UAS Special the ideal occasion to talk to Jan Stumpf, one of the founders of the German technology start-up. Mr Stumpf, on your website your company is described as a... (read more)
2016-01-05 02:25:06

UAS híbrido: Beneficios de una aeronave de ala fija y un helicóptero

Sistemas aéreos no tripulados (UASs) - aeronaves que vuelan sin pilotos humanos a bordo - se han disparado en popularidad como dispositivos para levantamientos aéreos. Hoy en día son aplicados en una amplia variedad de mapeo 2D y 3D, tareas de inspección y de supervisión. Hasta el momento existían dos grandes categorías: de alas fija y multicópteros. Sin embargo, los recientes avances han dado lugar a una tercera categoría: UAS híbrido, que combina lo mejor de ambos mundos. Después del vuelo, el registro de datos GNSS e IMU es generalmente usado para georreferenciar los datos del sensor. Los sensores a... (read more)
2016-03-07 02:29:58

Joint UAS Lidar Solution for Multiple Applications

In the exhibit hall at the recent International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, Colorado, USA, Juniper Unmanned, Pulse Aerospace and YellowScan collaborated to showcase Lidar data acquisition capabilities from an unmanned aerial system (UAS). This collaboration highlights Juniper’s ability to engineer UAS solutions with hardware offerings from Pulse and YellowScan. As a result, the co-located exhibit booths were visited by interested conference attendees seeking to learn more about this technical solution. Acting as the solution developer, Juniper facilitated the integration of YellowScan’s Mapper sensor onboard the Pulse Vapor 35 UAS. The purpose of this partnership was to feature the... (read more)
2016-04-26 11:04:35

Irish Survey Company Acquires Falcon 8 UAS

A Topcon Falcon 8 UAS, powered by Ascending Technologies, has been purchased by Murphy Surveys. The Falcon 8 is an octocopter that is being used across many industries, from surveying to oil and gas. It has the efficiency of a fixed-wing system but the versatility of a rotary system. The global consulting surveyors have been working with fixed-wing UASs for years, yet the VTOL’s efficiency turned out to be more flexible and profitable in many surveying areas. MurphyUAV, a division of Murphy Surveys, received a special delivery in the form of the Falcon 8 from Topcon Ireland, making Murphy Surveys the... (read more)
2016-04-26 11:35:59
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